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Giannoulias’s, Kirk’s, Federal Budget Plans Boost Spending by Different Degrees, Analysis of Campaign Platforms Shows
For Immediate Release October 26, 2010
Pete Sepp, (703) 683-5700
(Alexandria, VA) – Illinois Senate candidates Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk have outlined different priorities for the federal budget, but their campaign agendas do share one overall attribute – higher expenditures, although by varying amounts. According to a line-by-line analysis from the non-partisan National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF), Giannoulias’s campaign platform would increase Washington’s current outlays by over $76 billion, while Kirk would raise spending by slightly more than $700 million. However, both candidates have made proposals whose costs or savings are impossible to calculate.
To view Giannoulias' spending analysis in its entirety, click here.
To view Kirk's spending analysis in its entirety, click here.
“Both the front-running candidates for the Illinois’ Senate seat have made specific campaign promises, but it appears they have been less clear on the specific impact their plans would have on the size of the federal budget,” NTUF Director of Congressional Analysis Jeff Dircksen stated. “NTUF’s analysis is designed to help fill this critical information gap.”
In preparing his analysis, Dircksen utilized campaign websites, transcripts of debates, and news sources to gather information on any proposals from the two leading Illinois Senate race contenders that could impact the level of federal spending. He in turn verified cost estimates for these items against independent sources such as the Congressional Budget Office. He also cross-checked items through NTUF’s BillTally system, which since 1991 has computed agenda costs for each Member of Congress based on their sponsorship of bills. Among the findings:
“As candidates pile on the campaign promises in hopes of coming out on top, it can be easy to forget that their plans often substantially change the bottom line of the federal budget,” Dircksen concluded. “NTUF’s studies attempt to quantify these effects and inform the debate.”
NTUF’s analysis of the Illinois candidates’ agendas is one of several the group is currently conducting. Contests are being selected on factors such as geographic diversity, political significance as rated by outside groups and analysts, and the level of specificity in the candidates’ platforms.
NTUF is the research and educational arm of the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union, a non-profit citizen group. Note: The line-by-line cost analyses of the Illinois and other Senate candidates’ spending agendas, along with more information on BillTally, are available online at www.ntu.org.